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By David Cole
(Dec. 7, 2017 | The New York Review of Books) - When David Mullins and Charlie Craig walked into Masterpiece Cakeshop, a bakery in Denver, Colorado, five years ago, they had no inkling that the encounter would take them to the United States Supreme Court. All they wanted was a wedding cake. But as soon as Jack Phillips, the bakery’s owner, realized that the marriage they were celebrating was their own, he cut off the conversation, explaining that he would not make any cake for a same-sex wedding. They never even discussed what the cake would look like or say, because Phillips made it clear that his policy was absolute. The bakery has turned away several other same-sex couples on the same grounds, including a lesbian couple who wanted to buy cupcakes for a commitment ceremony. Keep reading
(Nov. 13, 2017 | Reuters/DiversityInc.) - The number of lesbian, gay and transgender characters on U.S. television shows have reached record highs, and campaign group GLAAD said on Thursday that their stories were more important than ever given moves in the United States to roll back LGBT acceptance.
In it annual report on diversity on the small screen, GLAAD found 329 regular and recurring LGBTQ characters across all broadcast, cable and streaming TV platforms, including the first asexual and non-binary characters.
GLAAD President Sarah Kate Ellis said TV was a critical place for the portrayal of LGBTQ characters and their lives. Read more
By Malika Andrews
(Nov. 8, 2017 | The New York Times) - The calls to high school sports officials from athletic directors and administrators began several years ago and have only become more frequent and difficult: How are you handling transgender students who want to play sports? Read more
- Australians decisively support same-sex marriage (BBC News | November 14, 2017)
- Germany Must Allow Third Gender Category, Court Rules (The New York Times | November 8, 2017)
By Jamilah King
(Oct. 10, 2017 | Mother Jones) - On Friday, David France’s award-winning film, The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson, began streaming on Netflix. It is a stirring piece of art that explores the controversial death of Johnson, a black woman who was an icon of transgender rights in the United States. Her attitude toward the cultural conservatism of the time was captured by her self-chosen middle initial, P, which she said stood for “pay it no mind.” Read more.
(Oct. 12, 2017 | Step Feed) - If one thing can be said about LGBT individuals in the Arab world is that they certainly do not have it easy. They face oppression, harassment, society's judgment and a wide array of discriminatory laws.
In many Arab countries, engaging in same-sex relationships can subject one to imprisonment. In more severe cases, they are faced with the death penalty. Read more
By Kanupriya Kapoor and Agustinus Beo Da Costa
(Oct. 16, 2017 | Reuters via USNews) - Days after a long-running Indonesian television comedy aired last month, its producers got a letter from the broadcast commission warning that a male character in the show was "dressed and behaving like a woman" and could violate broadcasting standards. Read more
(Oct. 6, 2017 | Human Rights Watch) - The Egyptian government has intensified its campaign against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people and their supporters, arresting dozens of people in less than two weeks, Human Rights Watch said today. A media regulatory body has also banned all “positive” reporting on homosexuality. Read more.
By David Uberti
(Oct. 16, 2017 | Splinter News) - Several BuzzFeed staffers openly criticized their site’s decision Friday to publish an op-ed arguing that GOP political operative Roger Stone and President Donald Trump share “a long history as an ally of the LGBT community,” renewing questions on the acceptable range of voices in public debate and how opinion journalists balance provocation and facts in the Trump era.Read more
By Fiona Zublin
(Sept. 18, 2017 | Ozy.Com) - The jig was up. On July 25, 1944, two women were stopped by German secret police on a bus. When their home was ransacked, the Nazis found what they were looking for: a suitcase filled with leaflets — a surrealist art project — that had plagued the German army for months. Lucy Schwob and Suzanne Malherbe were sent to prison for their use of war’s most insidious weapon in the least likely place. Read more
By Sam Levin
(Sept. 8, 2017 | The Guardian) - A Stanford University study showing that artificial intelligence (AI) can accurately guess whether people are gay or straight based on their faces has sparked a swift backlash from LGBT rights activists who fear this kind of technology could be used to harm queer people. Read more
(Aug. 16, 2017 | Advocate) - Click here to see who are these 50 most influential LGBTs in media.
By Brian Roewe
(Sept. 7, 2017 | National Catholic Reporter) - Since its publication, Jesuit Fr. James Martin has pledged to continue the conversation his latest book, Building a Bridge, opened about LGBT Catholics and the church. That has meant at times responding to critiques, and at other points, fending off harassment on social media. Read more. Read more
By Daniel Reynolds
(Sept. 7, 2017 | Advocate) - On July 6 at 8 a.m., Bob Greenblatt read the first script for season two of This Is Us. “It’s spectacular. It’s everything you hoped it would be,” the out chairman of NBC Entertainment raved of the acclaimed drama. Afterward, Greenblatt had a string of meetings with the publicity and marketing departments and the head of Creative Artists Agency, before going to the Mark Taper Forum in downtown Los Angeles to see Heisenberg, a play starring Mary-Louise Parker and Denis Arndt. Read more.
By Beth Spotswood
(Sept. 11, 2017 | SFGATE) - GLAAD annually holds awards galas in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco, each honoring activists working in different media spaces. GLAAD’s President Sarah Kate Ellis explained that Los Angeles’ Media Awards focus on show business and general media while New York’s Media Awards honor contributions in journalism. “San Francisco,” said Ellis, “is all about digital and social media. And you could argue that social media and digital are the front lines of the resistance right now.” Read more
By Niraj Chokshi
(Aug. 25, 2017 | The New York Times) - Starting Thursday, Canadians will have a new way to identify their sex on passports and other government documents: “X” will join the options of male and female. The decision to allow the third category, indicating an “unspecified” sex, is intended to protect the rights of Canadians to identify by the gender of their choice, the country’s immigration department said in announcing the change. Read more.
By Mehreen Zahra-Malki
(Aug. 19, 2017 | The New York Times) - Pakistan’s Parliament is poised to pass the nation’s first law recognizing transgender people as equal citizens and laying out penalties for discrimination and violence against them, a surprising victory for activists in a country with deeply conservative social views. Read more
By Trudy Ring
(Aug. 15, 2017 | The Advocate) - The Texas House of Representatives has ended its special session without passing an anti-transgender “bathroom bill.” The Human Rights Campaign tweeted on August 15 that the session is over and the legislation is dead. Click here to continue reading this story.
By Trudy Ring
(Aug. 16, 2017 |Advocate)The Mormon Church has issued a statement of support for the LoveLoud festival, a music event celebrating LGBT people and benefiting LGBT charities — support that squares rather oddly with Mormon doctrine. Click here to continue reading this article.
By Sharon Hambali
(August 16, 2017 | South China Morning Post) - Indonesian social media was flooded with images of the 141 men, many shirtless and faces turned away from the cameras, who were detained in a raid on the men-only Atlantis sauna in Jakarta.
. . .A study by the Asia-Pacific Social Science Review released earlier this year found that, despite appearing to be less heavy-handed compared to other countries in Southeast Asia, attitudes towards diverse sexualities in Indonesia are the most negative.Read more
By Jennifer Finney Boylan
(July 24, 2017 | The New York Times) - My wife and I spent the morning riding our bicycles to the beach. It was a beautiful day. Seals dived in the surf, a couple played Kadima with their grandchildren, and Deirdre and I lay in the sun. Read more.
By Frank Bruni
(July 29, 2017 | The New York Times) - Like other minorities, L.G.B.T. people are seriously underrepresented in our country’s political offices.
But I’ve seen a few signs that one consonant in that cluster is especially well positioned to gain ground. Lesbians are on the march. Read more.
By Emily Rauhala
(July 27, 2017 | The Washington Post) - A day after President Trump announced a ban on transgender troops, China's LGBT movement scored a small but significant victory.
A Chinese court on Thursday found that a transgender man was unjustly fired from his job, a first-of-its-kind ruling that activists called a step forward in the fight for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights. Read more.
(June 16, 2017 | New York Post) - A flag meant to bring the gay community together has ended up ripping it apart.
Last week, the city of Philadelphia revealed a revamped version of the gay pride flag, a collaboration between the city’s Office of LGBT Affairs and Philadelphia design firm Tierney. The revised flag has a black and brown stripe added on top of the traditional rainbow flag . . . Click here to read rest of the story.
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(May 23, 2017 | Reuters) - The Texas House of Representatives gave formal approval on Monday (May 22nd) to a bill that would restrict bathroom access for transgender students in public schools, a measure that critics say promotes discrimination against such children. Continue to read this story.
(April 19, 2017 | Walking Iris Media) - OUT RUN is a compelling new documentary that triggers dynamic discussions in the classroom about how to politically organize for equality on a national and international level. The film sheds new light on issues of critical importance such as: political engagement in global human rights movements, LGBTQ lives in Asia and the Global South, and personal stories of underrepresented communities fighting to defeat cultural, religious, and familial misunderstandings. Click here for more information.
By Anastasia Tsioulcas
(April 17, 2017 | NPR Music) - A 23-year-old, Russian-born violinist named Artem Kolesov is capturing international attention after posting a YouTube video in which he comes out as gay. Read more
By Jerry Oppenheimer
(March 12, 2017 | New York Post) - When cute young teenagers Arlene Sullivan and Kenny Rossi slow danced together on “American Bandstand” back in the late ’50s and early ’60s, kids across the country swooned.
They wrote thousands of letters. They joined Arlene’s and Kenny’s fan clubs. The big teenybopper magazines of the era — Sixteen and Teen — plastered “Bandstand” dancers on their covers and wrote glowing, gossipy stories about their lives in Philadelphia, where Dick Clark produced the show. Read more
By Kathryn Shattuck
(Feb. 16, 2017 | The New York Times) - Last year was a remarkable time when it came to the representation of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or queer regular characters on television, according to the latest Glaad report monitoring diversity on the small screen. But that milestone, along with more accurate story lines and fewer stereotypes, has been a long time coming — a turbulent 45-year trajectory from television movies to single episodes involving secondary players to fully fleshed-out characters central to a show’s story line. Read more
By Jeremy Peters, Jo Becker and Julie Davis
(Feb. 22, 2017 | The New York Times) - President Trump on Wednesday rescinded protections for transgender students that had allowed them to use bathrooms corresponding with their gender identity, overruling his own education secretary and placing his administration firmly in the middle of the culture wars that many Republicans have tried to leave behind. Read more
By Curtis Wong
(Jan. 25, 2017 | The Huffington Post) - A real-life British gay couple describe the unusual way they enjoy Kellogg’s Corn Flakes in a quirky new campaign.
Chris Hall and Mark Hearfield, who hail from Bury, England, are among the eight families featured in Kellogg’s “My Perfect Bowl” effort, which highlights the “weird ways” that people eat the signature cereal. In the clip above, Hall, 42, says he likes his cereal with “piping hot” milk and honey. Hearfield, 59, prefers a more straightforward, “room temperature” preparation. Read more.
By Noam Scheiber
(Dec. 2, 2016 | The New York Times) - Walmart announced on Friday that it had settled a lawsuit that accused the company of discriminating against gay and lesbian employees when it denied health insurance benefits to same-sex spouses.
Under the deal, Walmart will set aside $7.5 million, mostly to compensate employees affected by the denial of spousal benefits during the three years before Jan. 1, 2014, when the company changed its policy. More than 1,000 people may be eligible. Read more.
By Jake Naughton
(Oct. 13, 2016 | The New York Times) - Roosevelt Avenue, in Jackson Heights, Queens, reminds my boyfriend of El Salvador, where he grew up. It reminds our friend Danny of where he grew up, in Mexico. And others of Colombia or Guatemala. That’s fitting, because it’s one of the vibrant centers of Latino culture in New York. A walk down La Roosevelt, as some call it, means taco trucks on every block, norteño and bachata music wailing from the pollo asado joints and barber shops that never close, and Spanish everywhere. Read more
By Jacob Bernstein
(Sept. 30, 2016 | The New York Times) - Edie Windsor, the veteran L.G.B.T. activist who emerged as arguably the most famous figure in the marriage equality movement, has gotten married again.
On Monday, she and her new partner, Judith Kasen, a vice president at Wells Fargo Advisors, were wed at City Hall in New York. Read more
By Jeff Taylor
(Sept. 26, 2016 | LGBTQnation.Com) - Donald Trump has been courting the LGBTQ vote throughout this presidential election, claiming he would be the better choice for the community than opponent Hillary Clinton and promising to protect us from terrorism in his Republican National Convention speech.
That argument gets harder to believe by the week, as he gives speeches at anti-LGBTQ events, sticks up for homophobic and transphobic legislation and surrounds himself with bigoted politicians and advisers. Now we have a new offense to add to the list. Read more
By Laura Parker
(Aug. 31, 2016 | The New York Times) - In the popular simulation game The Sims, players have long been able to create male and female characters — but only up to a point. That changed this year.
In May, Electronic Arts, the publisher of The Sims, released a patch for the game that removed all gender barriers, freeing players to create virtual characters with any physical attribute. Read more
(Aug. 30, 2016 | The New York Times) - Expanding the definition of what it means to be a parent, especially for same-sex couples, the New York State Court of Appeals ruled on Tuesday that a caretaker who is not related to, or the adoptive guardian of, a child could still be permitted to ask for custody and visitation rights. Read more
(Aug. 13, 2016 | The Economist) - For a Muslim-majority country, Indonesia has often been regarded as relatively tolerant on gay issues, as long as gay people were discreet. Homosexuality has never been criminalised and sexual minorities have mostly been left alone. But in recent years, as LGBT groups have become more vocal in pursuit of equal rights, religious conservatives have reacted angrily and started to push back. A report this week by Human Rights Watch (HRW), a pressure group based in New York, says LGBT rights have come under “unprecedented” attack this year. Read more
By Jenna Wortham
(July 12, 2016 | The New York Times) - Earlier this year, Vice published an essay that posed the question “Can Straight People Be Queer?” The article includes an image from Jaden Smith’s Facebook page of the musician looking petulant in a skirt, alongside the caption “My mood when they try to hate.” Read more
By Nick Cumming-Bruce
(June 30, 2016 | The New York Times) - The United Nations’ main human rights body on Thursday adopted measures to strengthen protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, despite fierce resistance from Muslim and African countries. Read more
By Somini Sengupta
(June 14, 2016 | The New York Times) - For years, diplomats were more comfortable talking about nuclear warheads than sexual orientation.
Sexual orientation was one of those subjects burdened with too many cultural sensitivities. American officials, even if they wanted to advance it on the diplomatic agenda, were wary of offending their allies, not least in the Islamic world. Read more
The attack on a gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla., moved the needle. Read more
(June 8, 2016 | BBC) - In Iran, homosexuality is banned and punishable by execution under its strict code of sharia, or Islamic law.
In a country dominated by the religious class, being gay is taboo, and especially among the establishment. One Iranian gay cleric, who conducted gay weddings in secret, was forced to flee the country, and has been threatened with death. Visit BBC website to watch the video version of this story.
By Kelsey Snell
(May 25, 2016 | The Washington Post) - The House voted late Wednesday night to approve a measure to bar the government from paying federal contractors that discriminate based on gender identity or sexual orientation.
Members erupted into cheers Wednesday night after the measure, sponsored by Rep. Sean Maloney (D-N.Y.), was approved 223-195. Read more
- Paul Ryan is in another fight he doesn’t want — this time over LGBT rights (The Washington Post | May 26, 2016)
By Campbell Robertson
(May 6, 2016 | The New York Times) - An Alabama judicial oversight body on Friday filed a formal complaint against Roy S. Moore, the chief justice of the state’s Supreme Court, charging that he had “flagrantly disregarded and abused his authority” in ordering the state’s probate judges to refuse applications for marriage licenses by same-sex couples. Read more
By Noah Remnick
(May 9, 2016 | The New York Times) - Every day as Gil Horowitz, 80, passes by the Stonewall Inn near his home in the West Village, he is transported back to the early morning hours of June 28, 1969. He was in his early 30s then, a bisexual man still living largely in the shadows, when, he said, he was arrested by a police officer as part of a protest outside the bar and taken to the Sixth Precinct station house. Overnight in jail, he said, he witnessed dozens of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people chained to radiators and beaten with nightsticks. Read more
(May 2, 2016 | Bellingham Public School) - I wanted to share my recent Walking in the Shoes experience and the time I spent with Tristan, a junior at Squalicum High School. This school year (2015-16), I am focusing on spending time with students with unique circumstances. I’m a little behind schedule! I had a great time last year shadowing staff, and I’m thrilled to be able to focus again on our students. Read more
By Jim Farber(April 20, 2016 | The New York Times) - On a bright, warm day 50 years ago this week, three young men went out to have a drink that they hoped would make history.
The men, members of the early gay rights group the Mattachine Society, aimed to challenge bars that refused service to gay people, a common practice at the time, though one unsupported by any specific law. Such refusals fell under a vague regulation that banned taverns from serving patrons deemed “disorderly.” Read more
(April 24, 2016 | Galaxymag.Com) - The LGBT Community in Vancouver, Canada, created history when it took part in the Baisakhi Parade taken out by the Sikh Community in Canada as part of the celebration of Sikh festival Baisakhi. Thousands marched in the parade, including Canada’s Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan. Read more
By Tom Kludt
(April 8, 2016 | CNN Money) - Bruce Springsteen is the latest to shun North Carolina over its so-called "bathroom law."
The legendary musician announced Friday that his upcoming show in Greensboro, North Carolina, has been canceled in "solidarity" with those protesting the measure. Read more
- Click here to read Bruce Springsteen's post on his Facebook page
- - U.S. transgender community fights against 'Bathroom Bills' (The New York Times | March 30, 2016)
(March 30, 2016 | Associated Press) - Two Republican governors. Two proposals at the heart of LGBT rights. One rejection. One new law.
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal said he has prevented discrimination and protected the economy by vetoing a measure that would have allowed certain individuals, businesses and faith organizations to deny services to others based on "sincerely held religious beliefs." Read more
By Kate Royals
(March 31, 2016 | The Clarion-Ledger) - The Senate passed the “Protecting Freedom of Conscience from Government Discrimination Act” late Wednesday on a 32-17 vote.
House Bill 1523 would allow clerks to deny same-sex marriage licenses to gay couples because of their religious beliefs and not face any repercussions. It would also allow private businesses and faith-based organizations to refuse services based on those same beliefs without retribution. Read more
By Jonathan Katz and Erik Eckholm
(April 5, 2016 | The New York Times) - The divide between social conservatives and diversity-minded corporations widened Tuesday with developments in Mississippi and North Carolina related to the rights of gay, lesbian bisexual and transgender people in both states.
Mississippi’s governor signed far-reaching legislation allowing individuals and institutions with religious objections to deny services to gay couples, and the online-payment company PayPal announced it was canceling a $3.6 million investment in North Carolina. Read more
(Feb. 11, 2016 | The New York Times) - Growing up in Algeria, Shaira had almost everything a young man could wish for. But he also had a big secret.
In a land where homosexuality is still a crime and a sin, he was forced to live a secret life, hiding that he was gay from everyone — even his closest family. Read more
By Joe Morgan
(Nov. 5, 2015 | Gay Star News) - With Ryan Reynolds starring in the upcoming film of the character, both the actor and film’s director Tim Miller have revealed that the superhero’s sexuality will be definitely still fluid. Read more
By Henry Alfrod
(Feb. 12, 2016 | The New York Times) - What’s in a name? The answer is increasingly subjective.
“I never got used to saying ‘husband,’” said Tony Valenzuela, the executive director of the Lambda Literary Foundation, who married his husband in California in 2008. Read more
By Hanna Rantala
(Jan. 24, 2016 | Reuters) - Thousands of Italians took to the streets on Saturday in support of gay civil unions as the battle over legal recognition for homosexual couples heats up ahead of a bill to be debated in parliament.
"Wake up Italy, it's time to be civilized," was the slogan chosen for rallies in almost 100 towns and cities in the only major country in the West not to give same-sex couples any legal recognition or protection on issues from pensions to parenthood.
By Wesley Morris
(Jan. 3, 2016 | The New York Times) - By necessity, the folks officiating your sports are a relatively anonymous lot. You come to watch a game. They enforce its rules, and given the hell that keyed-up spectators can give an official, the maintenance of a kind of privacy makes sense. Anonymity does have its exceptions. Some are happy. Ed Hochuli, for instance, is known for both the work he does as an N.F.L. referee and the work he does on his body (he’s ripped). Some exceptions are less happy. The Bill Kennedy situation is one of these. Read more
The Huffington Post reporter Daniel Marans reports, "the Chief Justice of Alabama’s Supreme Court issued an administrative order on Wednesday barring state judges from issuing same-sex marriage licenses, in contravention of the broadly accepted meaning of a June 2015 U.S. Supreme Court ruling." Read more
On another part of the world, we have a new development. According to a Reuters report, "A Chinese Court has agreed to hear a case that could grant a same-sex couple the right to marry."
By Helen Belcher
(Dec. 14, 2015 | The Huffington Post) - For many years before 2011, British broadcasters covered trans people as if they were earnest (and often slightly sad) scientific experiments or, more often, as targets of comedy. The British press was usually harsher, with trans as deviant, trans as undeserving or trans as comedy being the three main themes. Trans people were regularly outed "in the public interest" even if they were only lorry drivers or police officers. Trans people had learnt to distrust the media. Read more
(Oct. 26, 2015 | GayLaxy Magazine) - Earlier this year, the Indian Censor Board had banned the movie Unfreedom. IMDB describes the storyline as : “Shifting between New York and New Delhi, the film juxtaposes two powerful and unflinching stories about religious fundamentalism and intolerance, one of which follows a Muslim terrorist attempting to silence a liberal Muslim scholar, while the other is about a young woman who defies her devout father and escapes an arranged marriage because she is secretly embroiled in a taboo lesbian romance. In this searing portrait of the polarized world we live in, all four characters go to their absolute limit-and beyond-in their struggle to defend their deeply-held and conflicting viewpoints on freedom, faith, family and love."
The Indian censor board found the lesbian love and sex scenes too hot for the Indian audience, and was concerned about the “unnatural passions” that the movie might ignite. Read more
By Felicia Fonseca
(Nov. 27, 2015 | Yahoo! News via Associated Press) - Cleo Pablo married her longtime partner when gay weddings became legal in Arizona and looked forward to the day when her wife and their children could move into her home in the small Native American community outside Phoenix where she grew up. Read more
By Juliet Eilperin
(Dec. 1, 2015 | The Washington Post) - Years before the White House was lit in rainbow colors celebrating the Supreme Court’s decision legalizing same-sex marriage, President Obama used a routine bureaucratic tool that ended up significantly changing the government’s understanding of gender and how it can be changed. Read more
- David Cameron says it is a ‘personal priority’ to make gay sex legal worldwide (Gay Star News | Nov. 26, 2015)
(Nov. 28, 2015 | Gay Star News) - Brazilian social media is on fire today after two of the country’s most famous (straight) actors shared a kiss on TV. Bruno Gagliasso shared this picture on Instagram of him kissing fellow actor João Vicente de Castro at the GQ Men of the Year Awards 2015 at Copacabana Palace, Rio de Janeiro on Thursday. Read more
By Michelle Price
(Nov. 17, 2015 | Yahoo! News via AP) - Former Utah lawmaker Jackie Biskupski on Tuesday became the first openly gay mayor of Salt Lake City, the capital of the conservative state where the Mormon church and a small town judge delivered setbacks last week to the LGBT community. Read more
(Nov. 5, 2015 | The New York Times) - “If I knew then, what I know now” is a familiar, wistful refrain. What would we tell our younger selves if we could? In “Uncanny X-Men” No. 600, which was published Wednesday by Marvel Entertainment, readers get to see the mutant hero Iceman have a conversation with his past self thanks to time travel (because, you know, comics). But it is the younger Iceman that forces the older to acknowledge a truth: He, Bobby Drake, is gay. Read more
(Nov. 9, 2015 | The Atlantic) - Conservatives have lost the war against same-sex marriage on the two most important fronts: American law and American public opinion. Between 2003 and the 2015 Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage, it had become law in all but 15 states. During the same period, American public opinion shifted swiftly from solid opposition of gay marriage to swelling support. Read more
By Richard Perez-Pena
(Nov. 5, 2015 | The New York Times) - The largest Jewish group in North America adopted a broad transgender rights policy on Thursday, not only stating its own commitment to equality, but also urging synagogues and other Jewish groups to be advocates for transgender rights and to take steps like training their staffs on accommodating transgender people. Read more
By Noah Michelson
(Sept. 8, 2015 | The Huffington Post) - You know what "gay" and "lesbian" and "bisexual" mean. You might even know what "asexual" and "pansexual" mean. But have you ever heard of someone identifying as "graysexual?" Read more
(July 13, 2015 | DiversityInc.) - In a historic decision on June 26 the Supreme Court made same-gender marriage legal nationwide. However, on July 6 a judge refused to issue a marriage license to two women in Toledo, Ohio; and in Grandbury, Texas, a federal lawsuit had to be filed in order for a same-gender couple to make their marriage legal. Read more
By Sheryl Estrada
(July 14, 2015 | DiversityInc.) - The Department of Defense (DOD) announced on Monday a moratorium on discharges of transgender service members in conjunction with a new six-month study to dissect its transgender policy. “Today’s announcement is welcome news, not just for the 15,500 transgender personnel serving currently, but for all Americans,” Palm Center director Aaron Belkin said in a statement. Read more
When the number of non-traditional families increases exponentially, films like Daddy & Papa, a remarkable and honest portrayal of the daily lives and challenges of LGBT families, bring essential dialogue into our communities and classrooms. Read more about this film.
By Morgan Sullivan
(Sept. 17, 2015 | North Texas Daily) - For transgender individuals, an overload of gender expectations proves to be one of the hardest parts about transition. In a society where all women are expected to look the same, transfeminine individuals often struggle with the process of redefining themselves in order to comply with strict social standards.
“Makeup is one of the easiest ways to come across as feminine,” theater sophomore and the UNT Pride Alliance’s graphic designer Christina Bridges said. Read more
By Moses Frenck
President Barack Obama on Friday announced he is nominating Eric Fanning to be the next Secretary of the Army, which, if confirmed by the Senate, will make Fanning the first openly gay person to serve in the Army’s highest civilian role. Read more
By Molly Snyder
(May 2, 2015 | OnMilwaukee.Com) - The recent death of Ohio transgender teen Leelah Alcorn – who took her own life because her parents refused to support her as a female – and Bruce Jenner's interview with Diane Sawyer on Friday during which he spoke openly about transitioning into a woman brought more light to those whose self-identity does not conform to conventional notions of male or female gender. Read more
By Caryle Murphy
(May 26, 2015 | Pew Research Center) - Although many lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) adults feel that most major faiths are unwelcoming to their community, a majority of LGB adults are religiously affiliated, according to a new Pew Research Center study. But they are much less likely to be Christian than the general public and are more drawn to smaller, non-Christian denominations.
About 5% of the 2014 Religious Landscape Study’s 35,000-plus respondents identified themselves as members of the LGB population. Of that group, 59% said they are religiously affiliated. But only 48% of them reported belonging to a Christian faith group, compared with 71% of the general public. Read more
By J. Brown Lowder
(April 30, 2015 | Slate) - Bruce Jenner’s televised coming out as a transgender woman on April 24 was one of the most surprising non-surprises in recent memory. The Diane Sawyer 20/20 special had been teased for months (Jenner’s “revelation” all but promised), and his gender identity had been the subject of speculation—oftentimes prurient and transphobic—in the tabloids and mainstream media for much longer. Read more
(March 23, 2015 | Associated Press via Press Herald) - Actress Kerry Washington, director Roland Emmerich, the film “The Imitation Game” and television shows “Transparent” and “How to Get Away With Murder” have received stamps of approval from GLAAD. Read more
By Victoria Dawson Hoff
(Jan. 9, 2015 | Elle.Com) - It's almost a cliché at this point—that a little girl dreams of opening a Tiffany blue box from her beau when he finally pops the question. But what about the boys who dream of being proposed to by their beaus? Read More
More stories on same-sex marriage:
Supreme Court will hear four cases challenging same-sex marriage bans (BuzzFeed | Jan. 16, 2015)
David Cameron: Same-sex marriage was one of my proudest achievements in 2014 (PinkNews | Jan. 10, 2015)
By Tatiana Sanchez
(Jan. 9, 2015 | The Desert Sun) - The slaying of a gay man in Mecca has become the basis of a short documentary and a platform to discuss LGBT issues in the eastern Coachella Valley, where strong cultural and religious traditions have made acceptance of this community slow to take root. Read more
(Jan. 26, 2015 | Outsports.Com) - The NFL has credentialed a gay publication for the Super Bowl for the first time. With Outsports headed to Phoenix this week for Super Bowl XLIX, we requested a credential late last year and the NFL granted the request with a press box credential. Cyd Zeigler will represent Outsports in Phoenix Wednesday to Monday, connecting with folks in the sports media and various players, coaches and front office executives. Read more
By Monica Trasandes
(Jan. 5, 2015 | HuffPost Latino Voices) - At GLAAD we're often asked how LGBT equality is doing in Latino USA and in Spanish-speaking countries. The answer isn't simple, not a thumbs up or thumbs down. It's instead complex, just like the world in which we live. We've seen many setbacks and there's a lot of work to do, but we've also seen some hard-fought wins. And more inclusion. Here's our top ten list of moments that mattered in Spanish-Language and Latino media in 2014. Read more
By Mike Ciriaco
(Jan. 9, 2015 | Frontiers Media) - Music and gay culture have always enjoyed a symbiotic relationship. In Greek mythology, this concept was personified by the golden god Apollo, who not only served as the Olympian patron of music but who indulged in a dalliance with a tasty little twink named Hyacinth. More contemporarily, the intersection of music and gays is epitomized by the OUTmusic Awards, which will rock out New York’s Town Hall Theater later this month. Read more
By Jase Peeples and Michelle Garcia
(Jan. 9, 2015 | Advocate) - If you're like us, you look forward to awards season. And the Golden Globes are sort of like the All-Star Game during baseball season. It's not the World Series, but it's a significant event, and it's fun to watch. Read more
By Eliana Dockterman
(Dec. 11, 2014 | Time) - Google+ has joined Facebook in offering an expanded array of gender options for users’ profiles. The two social media sites used to only offer three options—”male,” “female” and “other”—but now both are expanding their drop down menu to accommodate an increasing array of identities. Read more
By Curtis Wong
(Dec. 2, 2014 | The Huffington Post) - It seems not everybody is merry and bright over the release of a new documentary, "I Am Santa Claus," which focuses on the personal lives of men who portray St. Nicholas at shopping malls during the month of December. Read more
By Dawn Ennis
(Dec. 1, 2014 | Advocate.com) - The discussion about how to best protect transgender student athletes in Minnesota’s high schools is set to resume this week, and despite two months of cooling-off time, one side in the debate is roaring back, full speed ahead and guns blazing. Read more
(Nov. 27, 2014 | LGBT News) - Public support for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender ( LGBT ) people in the United States has increased significantly over the last three decades, according to a new study released by the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law. Read more
By Mitch Kellaway
(Dec. 2, 2014 | Advocate.com) - Catchy headlines can thoughtlessly reproduce some of the most harmful messages that we, as trans men, receive from cisgender (non-trans) society. Take, for the most recent example, Gay Star News' splashy list, "11 Insanely Hot Men You Will Not Believe Are Trans," a follow-up to the much-discussed 2012 list from Oddee, "10 Handsome Men (Who Were Born Female)." Read more
(Nov. 12, 2014 | The Frame) - This fall’s new batch of TV shows saw an increase in recurring or regular characters who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. But as the quantity of these characters increased, has the quality of how they are depicted improved as well? Read more
Paley Center gala celebrates LGBT progress in media
By Stephanie Fairyington
(Nov. 12, 2014 | Advocate.Com) - Over the summer, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, in Washington, D.C., announced the expansion of its LGBT collection. “As cultural sensitivities and politics have changed,” curator Katherine Ott says, “now seemed like an opportune time to more aggressively, directly, and openly collect LGBT materials.” Read more
By Frank Utsil
(Nov. 12, 2014 | Batte Creek Enquirer) - Conservative groups are taking to social media to criticize a Kellogg ad featuring Frosted Flakes character Tony the Tiger that says, "Wear your stripes with pride," and sponsorship of a gay pride march in Atlanta. Read More
By James Nichols
(Oct. 30, 2014 | The Washington Post) - Well here's one place we certainly didn't think we'd see the "RuPaul's Drag Race Girls" pop up. Starbucks released what is reportedly its very first lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT)-themed commercial this week starring the top two contestants from "Drag Race" season six: Adore Delano and Bianca Del Rio. The commercial is cheeky, fun and a little bit silly, but it's nice to see these two gaining some more mainstream traction. Read more
By Jeremy Egner
(Oct. 27, 2015 | The New York Times) - Cable and streaming services are far outpacing broadcasters when it comes to including gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender characters in their shows. Read more
By Tim Murphy
(Oct. 22, 2015 | The CUT) - “Currently, I say that I am agender. I’m removing myself from the social construct of gender,” says Mars Marson, a 21-year-old NYU film major with a thatch of short black hair.
Marson is talking to me amid a roomful of Queer Union students at the school’s LGBTQ student center, where a front-desk bin offers free buttons that let visitors proclaim their preferred pronoun. Of the seven students gathered at the Queer Union, five prefer the singular they, meant to denote the kind of post-gender self-identification Marson describes. Read more
By Jesse McKinley
(Oct. 22, 2015 | The New York Times) - Taking action on a political issue that has long been stalled in Albany, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Thursday announced executive action intended to protect transgender people from discrimination in housing, employment and other areas. Read more
- Law punishing gay sex with caning takes effect in Indonesia (The New York Times | Oct. 23, 2015)
- Gay couples celebrate civil unions for first time in Chile (The New York Times | Oct. 22, 2015)
- Russian Communists call for 15 days in jail for coming out as gay (Yahoo! News, Oct. 26, 2015)
(Aug. 13, 2015 | The Guardian) - Advertising reflects society. More often than not, it presents an image built on traditional views of sexuality, gender identity and gender roles. However, in recent years, brands have been presenting a more diverse world view. Read more
By Whitney Friedlander
(September 3, 2015 | Variety) - LGBT-focused media advocacy organization GLAAD had some positive news to report when it released its Network Responsibility Index on Thursday: Two channels received the top score of excellent from the annual report that charts the quantity, quality, and diversity of LGBT representation on television. Read more
- John Oliver tackles LGBT discrimination
By Sheryl Estrada
(Sept. 10, 2015 | DiversityInc.) - Caitlyn Jenner hardly supports same-gender marriage.Jenner publicly came out as transgender in an interview with journalist Diane Sawyer in April. However, during the season premiere of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, which aired on Tuesday, she expressed lukewarm feelings toward marriage equity. Read more
By Caroline Bologna
(Sept. 2, 2015 | The Huffington Post) - Ellen Degeneres just reached a new level of awesome. The comedian and talk show host teamed up with Gap to launch GapKids x ED, which is described on the company's site as "a collaboration dedicated to supporting girls just as they are, whether they skateboard or dance, wear dresses or jeans, build forts or paint rainbows, or everything in between. We encourage girls everywhere to take pride in what makes them unique." Read more
(Sept. 3, 2015 | The Guardian) - The UK advertising industry is to get its first lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender leadership group, PrideAM, whose founders include the chair of Stonewall. Read more
By Deborah Sontag
(Aug. 29, 2015 | The New York Times ) - Nearly four decades before Caitlyn Jenner introduced herself to the world, Phyllis Randolph Frye came out as a transgender woman in a far less glamorous way. No Diane Sawyer, no Vanity Fair. Read more
- ‘Steamy’ ‘Stunning’ and ‘Sexy’: Media Praise Chobani Yogurt Commercial Showing Lesbians Naked in Bed Together (June 16, 2015 | NewsBusters)
- Gay-friendly Wells Fargo ad sparks conservative protest (June 17, 2015 | Philly Voice)
By Kerri-Anne Mesner
(June 10, 2015 | The Bulletin) - A gay rights advocate says people are happier to support Marriage Equality over the internet than in person. Kris May, a former Rockhampton resident now living in Mackay, says social media has given the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) community much more exposure than pre-social media days. Read more
Frontiers Media reports that Hillary Clinton campaign launch includes LGBT rights while, according to a BuzzFeed report, Republicans have used Caitlyn Jenner’s image for outreach at Los Angeles' LGBT Pride.
(June 13, 2015 | The Guardian) - “Moscow is like a small European city in the mid-90s,” says Anton Krasovsky. “Everybody knows everybody. Everybody knows who’s gay, even if nobody’s out.”
Well, not nobody. In 2013, when the Duma was debating a new law outlawing “gay propaganda”, Krasovsky was a beloved Russian TV personality, working for a news channel he’d co-founded called Kontr TV. At the end of a wide-ranging discussion on the proposed legislation, Krasovsky said, on air: “I’m gay. And I’m just as much a human being as President Putin, or Prime Minister Medvedev, or the members of the Duma.” Read more
By Erik Sass
(May 19, 2015 | Media Post ) - While mainstream consumer magazines and newspapers suffered another round of print ad declines last year, LGBT media continued to defy the trend with increased spending, led by local media. Read more
By Dominic Preston
(June 16, 2015 | Frontiers Media) - Entertainment Weekly is the latest mainstream company to get involved with Pride month, celebrating with a special LGBT issue on newsstands right now.
Laverne Cox graces the front cover dressed as Lady Liberty herself for an in-depth interview about her career, Caitlyn Jenner and the pressure of being the world’s most famous transgender actor. “My beauty is not about how I look,” Cox explains. “My beauty is about my heart and soul.” Read more
(June 8, 2015 | Journalist's Resource) - On February 23, 2015, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announced that career diplomat Randy Berry would be the first-ever Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBT Persons. Berry’s mission is to “advance efforts underway to move toward a world free from violence and discrimination against LGBT persons.” While Berry plans to travel to countries such as Uganda, where homosexuality is a criminal offense, his primary focus is to target the large number of states with moderate views hoping to expedite the already rapid progress some regions are making. Read more
By Briana Rodriguez
(March 13, 2015 | Backstage) - Shahid Manning is the founder of the not-for-profit Millennia Scope Entertainment Foundation, aiming to dispel homophobia by giving LGBT filmmakers a leg up in the entertainment industry. Read more
by Gretchen Rachel Hammond
(March 25, 2015 | Windy City Media Group) - LGBTQ media professionals gathered in Philadelphia on March 13-14, as they looked forward to the issues that will take center stage post-marriage-equality and inward to their reporting of them. Read more
By Kevin Naff
(March 20, 2015 | Washington Blade) - The Washington Post’s Steven Petrow should stick to polite and safe-for-suburban-sensibilities columns about which side of the aisle to sit at a gay wedding and leave the politics of outing to those who know something about it.
For years, readers have endured the Post’s irresponsible, inaccurate and sometimes downright homophobic coverage — from straight-washing our obituaries to ignoring our contributions to the military to carefully excising any mention of sexuality or significant others from news and feature stories. Read more
By Neil Broverman
(Feb. 26, 2015 | Advocate.Com) - Mike Bowers set the gay rights movement back 17 years. Bowers, Georgia's former attorney general, successfully argued to the Supreme Court in 1986 that bans on consensual gay sex are constitutional. His narrowly won case — a 5-4 decision — not only repudiated private same-sex relations, it helped usher in other antigay measures, like laws banning adoption by same-sex couples and policies allowing employees to be fired for being LGBT. Read more
By Kate Abbey-Lambertz
(March 18, 2015 | The Huffington Post) - Legislation that would allow Michigan adoption agencies to refuse service to same-sex couples for religious reasons -- while still receiving public funds -- will head to the Michigan Senate. Read more
By Jorge Rivas
(Feb. 3, 2015 | Fuson.Net) - Half of all Millennials believe that gender exists on a spectrum, and shouldn’t be limited to the categories of male and female, according to Fusion’s Massive Millennial Poll, which surveyed 1,000 people aged 18-34 about everything from politics to dating to race issues. Read more
By Christopher Harrity
(Jan. 30, 2015 | Advocate.Com) - Michael Stokes is a well known photographer with a thriving business. His beautifully staged images of physically fit men are familiar to many. He's also a photo collector and historian who recently produced a book with Taschen on WW2 photos of soldiers at ease and quite naked. Read more
(Feb. 13, 2015 | BagNewsNotes.Com) - You can talk about a photo in terms of what you believe it generally reflects or you can be more rigorous and address its content and nuances in a more specific way. In this case – and to the credit of the World Press Photo of the Year – a more careful reading of the picture reveals Mad Nissen’s photograph, “Jon and Alex,” as that much more powerful a choice. Read more
By Brian Fagioli
(Feb. 10, 2015 | BetaNews.Com) - One of the proudest things of my lifetime, is witnessing the growing acceptance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the United States. While hatred and discrimination still exist, it is far less nowadays. Heck, the number of states that allow gay marriage is increasing all of the time, while more and more people are being open-minded about gender. Today, a monumental thing is happening on the Internet -- the .LGBT domain launches to the public. Read more
By Dawn Ennis
(Feb. 11, 2015 | Advocate.Com) - The writers, activists, and poets behind Bombastic, a new magazine published by and for LGBTI Ugandans, are bringing real stories, commentaries, and poems by gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and intersex people in Uganda to its people. Read more
By Matt Ortile
(Feb. 15, 2015 | BuzzFeed) - The billboards feature Filipina actress and icon Gloria Romero with her grandson, Chris Gutierrez, and Bench model Solenn Heussaff with her fiancé, Nico Bolzico. Read more
By Julissa Catalan
(Feb. 10, 2015 | DiversityInc.) - While the media has been focusing on the killings of unarmed Black men—particularly Eric Garner and Michael Brown—there has been little coverage of the murders of four unarmed Black transgender women. Read more
By Julissa Catalan
(Feb. 4, 2015 | DiversityInc.) - Google has released a formal apology following backlash for a glitch in its Translator tool, which converted the word “gay” into homophobic slurs when translating from English to French, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. Read more
By Julissa Catalan
(Feb. 10, 2015 | DiversityInc.) - On Monday, Alabama began issuing marriage licenses to same-gender couples after the U.S. Supreme Court denied a request to stay a federal judge’s ruling striking down the state’s same-gender-marriage ban. Read more
(Jan. 23, 2015 | Source: Philly.Com) - Hollywood’s award season is upon us! This week we saw the Golden Globes and the release of the nominations for the Academy Awards, aka the Oscars. At both, several LGBT people were recognized — and that’s important, since a major part of the fight for equality is about visibility and being treated equally in all areas. Read more
By Steve Williams
(Jan. 2, 2015 | Care2.Com) - Doctor Who has a big “gay agenda!” That’s the cry of a handful of complaints made to the BBC this past year. Rather than the complaints themselves being worrying, though, it’s the media’s treatment of them that ‘s really the big problem here. Ever since the science fiction show was revived in 2005, Doctor Who has prompted accusations of having a “homosexual agenda” because of its inclusive attitude to depicting characters of various sexual orientations. From omnisexual Jack Harkness to female (and cross-species) couple Madame Vastra and Jenny Flint, the series hasn’t been shy about same-sex kisses or relationships. Read more
By James Nichols (Oct. 28, 2014 | The Huffington Post) - Did Cartoon Network just censor their first representation of a same-sex kiss on air? During a recent episode of "Clarence," the network featured an (extremely) brief gay kiss between two characters -- on either cheek. According to Queerty, not only is this the first same-sex kiss on Cartoon Network, but the characters serve no relevant plot purpose and seem to be on the receiving end of a tired joke. Read more
By Carlos Maza
(Oct. 6, 2014 | The Huffington Post Blog ) - Fox News helped turn a bogus story about subpoenas sent to a handful of Houston pastors into a national rallying cry for religious liberty. Now the network is helping promote an event that will pit some of the country's most extreme anti-LGBT voices against the city's nondiscrimination ordinance. Read more
By Cai Wilkinson
(Oct. 7, 2014 | EurasiaNet) - In early 2013, shortly after the Russian Duma approved a bill outlawing what Russian officials described as "homosexual propaganda," I spent several weeks in Bishkek interviewing local LGBT and human rights activists. The aim was to discern how Kyrgyzstan had emerged as a bright spot for LGBT activism in a region well-known for intolerance of homosexuality and gender variance. Read more
By Mary Gray
(Nov. 12, 2014 | The Huffington Post) - It's easy to forget the larger, community benefits of an Open Internet that doesn't discriminate based on the content flowing through the fiber (or however it gets to you). But let's get specific. How does this open network nurture and support underserved and marginalized LGBT communities and why does something like Net Neutrality matter to our future? Read More